Journal article

Dynamic stability of B-doubles

P Sweatman, Y Tso

Transportation Planning and Technology | Published : 1989

Abstract

Medium Combination Vehicles (MCV’s) fall between General Freight Vehicles and Large Combination Vehicles (road trains) with respect to size and weight limits and are being introduced on approved routes in Australia’s populated areas. The major issues surrounding MCV’s are safety, impact on other road users and environmental effects. This paper is concerned with the important safety-related area of dynamic stability and describes testing of a B-double, which is the MCV configuration creating most interest. On the basis of full-scale testing, tilt testing and computer simulation, it is concluded that the B-double has (i) predictable steady state rollover behaviour similar to that of a wide sam..

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